At the meeting on Tuesday you beat me to asking the question about the rampant housing developments on the Victoria Road.
I find it extraordinary that all the thought and planning is going into the northern arc development but little thought or planning on the Business Park developments.
Perhaps you could raise the issue again with the Council on a more formal manner?
1] Loss of employment – by developing the “offices” (actually industrial units) into housing it reduces the employment opportunities
2] More housing increases the population who then have to commute to other areas for employment, increase of traffic and pollution
3] Lack of infrastructure – no allowance made for increased traffic and parking
4] When will it stop – does the Council have a threshold when the development is halted?
I know Angela at Bio is desperate to move and yesterday one of the contractors came to buy some kit from us and complained about the chaos and parking. He said when he started working there on the housing he parked and worked them all of sudden two other developments started and parking is a major issue and his van has been damaged.
More interesting and the reason I have sent you this is that on Radio 4 at 6.45 am this morning was a feature about exactly this issue of planning been relaxed over using “offices” to become housing.
If you did not hear it you should be able to hear it later on the iPlayer.
On Tuesday there was mention also of the loss of the The Martlets Hall – a venue that we support as a customer of ours.
I mentioned to Susan Fleet – they want to raise £7M to build a new one, what about the ownership of the land on which the current building is on – doesn’t that have some value? Couldn’t that be put towards building the new building? A population growth of 30% and no venue? This does not sound like planning, it sounds more like lets build and develop as much as possible. I bet the owners of that land in the northern arc are rubbing their hands in glee! And they are not selling the freeholds for the industrial units! We moved to Burgess Hill in 2005 because we could buy the freehold of our unit. A small business needs security and freehold gives so much to help us develop and survive.
Keith Upton, TS Professional